Just a cursory review of history reminds us that betrayal is part of humanity’s broken nature. The list is long of those who betrayed family, friend, and country. From Brutus and Cassius to Aldrich Ames people have disregarded heritage and values for an array of reasons; each rationalizing the course they choose.
All four Gospels tell the story of Judas betraying Jesus to the crowd and the religious establishment. Mark doesn’t give a reason, Matthew attributes it to greed while Luke and John say that Judas is overcome by Satan. Whatever the reason, Judas betrays his teacher, his friend, and his travelling companion. Continue to read on and you will discover that Judas wasn’t alone; in Matthew and Mark the writers tell us that all the disciples desert Jesus when he is arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. Betrayed, wounded, alone, resolute.
Analysis of the post-modern Christian movement indicates that most of us over the age of 35 have fallen short of becoming full-committed disciples of Jesus Christ. Instead we have tried to balance Jesus and the “world.” Two things that are incompatible – like oil and water, honey and garlic…you know the drill. If we were honest with ourselves we would discover that in this tension what we have often betrayed is our faith – when forced to choose we usually pick the “world.” Under the right set of circumstances and with the right motivation all of us are capable of betrayal.
Have you thought of this? Yes, the world has its moment of fleeting joy. It also brings with it plenty of pain, brokenness, injustice, and heartache. So why do we constantly pick fleeting joy, pain and brokenness over grace, mercy, and the forgiving love of God? How about we choose to reverse the trend and if we have to betray, then choose to betray the world! Pick Jesus; daily pick Jesus!
Our youth and young adults are savvy creatures! It is reported that when they commit to Jesus Christ they go all in! I believe it is time for those of us over 35 to either lead, follow, or get out of the way. We can lead by showing a younger generation what it means to pick Jesus daily! Others of us can learn a thing or two from our young folks about commitment to Jesus Christ. And if you simply don’t have the energy or will, please step aside and let “new cream” rise to the top.
I know this is a lot to consider, to pray about, and to even make adjustments to have happen in our daily routines. But it is worth it – full devotion to Jesus Christ will never disappoint you. The reason? Why, because Jesus will never betray you.
So every time you have the opportunity – betray the “world.”